The delicate politics of school holidays (COMMENTARY) – Religion News Service

The delicate politics of school holidays (COMMENTARY) – Religion News Service.

Changing school calendars is a politically difficult maneuver because it makes statements about community identity. Our initial school calendar was determined by a mix of agricultural schedules and dominant religious thought. The result: summers off to work the land, and the end of December off to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Despite changing economies and demographics, we hold on to this system because it tells a story of who we are as a nation.

AAR 2014 Schedule

My appearances at the American Academy of Religion 2014.


Organizing Committee

Social Science Research Council

Theme: New Media, New Audiences: Making the Study of Religion Online



Contingent Faculty Task Force

Theme: Contingency in Religious Studies: A Roundtable


Contemporary Islam Group

Theme: Making Muslim American Musics 

Consuming Qawwali: Hollywood and Muslim Devotionals


Moral Injury and Recovery in Religion, Society, and Culture Group

Theme: Extending Moral Injury: Examining Moral Injury as an Interdisciplinary Resource for Scholars and Practitioners 

Where Am I From?: Bullying, The Immigrant Muslim Experience, and Moral Injury

Council on Foreign Relations

Theme: Sectarian Conflict in the Middle East


The Islamophobia Of Media Analysis In ‘Lone Wolf’ Shootings

The Islamophobia Of Media Analysis In ‘Lone Wolf’ Shootings.

The recent attacks on military and law enforcement personnel in Canada and the U.S. raises the specter of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks, making Muslims suspect. Such thinking is superficial and reactionary. In the age of modern Islamophobia, it is a situation of owning a hammer and thinking everything is a nail. Looking at so-called “lone wolf” attacks in more detail and in a larger context reveals disconcerting issues in mental health care and media representations of Islam.